SMFM Special Statement: Updated checklists for pregnancy management in persons with HIV

Publications & Guidelines, SMFM Statement,

Optimal management of HIV-positive pregnant individuals involves many specific interventions made by many healthcare professionals at specific time-points before, during, and after pregnancy. Errors of omission are likely unless those professionals use a cognitive aid such as a checklist as a reminder of critical steps. In this document, SMFM presents updated and expanded checklists to help ensure that all relevant elements are considered for every person with HIV during prepregnancy, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. The checklists are intended to be used as tools to facilitate the care of individuals with HIV during all phases of pregnancy care. Their use should improve the safety of HIVpositive patients by ensuring that appropriate treatment is given and relevant information is shared with consultative services. Routine use should also facilitate improved documentation, communication, and continuity of care before, during, and after pregnancy.

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